Four young athletes made the journey north to compete in these championships.
Sidnie Ward, the reigning South of England and Essex Champ over 800m for Under 17 Men, ran a superb tactical race in his heat on the Saturday to claim first place and automatic qualification into the final. Sidnie sat at the back of the pack until the third lap. He then took closer order and with 200m to run he made a break to coast home in a new PB of 1 mins 59.7secs.
Our men’s team produced another solid performance at this year’s “National”, finishing 16th in the main, 6-to-score, competition out of the 162 clubs who managed to field six men. We also finished 21st in the 9-to-score competition, in which 90 clubs succeeded in closing a team. But the day was really memorable for Ed Shepherd’s finishing position of 21st, which we place in its historic context below. And for a delightful cameo from Tom Phillips (below, photos by Terry McCarthy)!
96-year old Ken Bone, Woodford Green Athletic Club's oldest Life Member, passed away at Stirling, north of Edinburgh, in January.
Ken joined the club in 1937, and after his war service years he won the Essex County 440 yards hurdles title on four consecutive years, 1948-51. By then he had become seriously involved in coaching, a field to which he dedicated considerable thought and activity - in an age in which "The Establishment" of our sport tended to think coaches were con-men.
Stubber’s Activity Centre in Upminster was the venue on Wednesday for the Essex Schools Year 7 and 8 championships and with an Essex vest on offer for the top 16, a good number of our Young athletes were keen to put a good performance. (Photo below, Ben Savidge, by Brett Savidge)